Kranzberg-Tsumeb rail rehabilitation on track

17 Sep 2016 17:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - The upgrade and rehabilitation of the railway line between Kranzberg and Tsumeb is progressing well.
The project, which started in 2012, was outsourced by TransNamib to D&M Rail Construction on a 12-month renewable contract based on the availability of funds.
D&M Rail Construction is a specialist contractor in the rehabilitation, maintenance and upgrading of railway lines.
TransNamib’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hippy Tjivikua on Friday told Nampa in an interview during the inspection of the newly completed railway lines between Kalkfeld and Otjiwarongo and Otjiwarongo and Otavi that he was impressed with the progress made on the project.
“The project is progressing very well, and I am satisfied with it so far,” Tjivikua said.
D&M Rail Construction has replaced old steel slippers with concrete slippers, and also replaced all defective rails with new ones.
Tjivikua said some portions of the 392-kilometre (km) railway line between Kranzberg in the Erongo Region and Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region have been replaced with new 48 kilogramme rails which were imported from Austria.
He said since the rehabilitations started on the railway line, no derailments have been experienced.
Work on approximately 130km of the 392km railway line has been completed.
D&M Rail Construction Managing Director, Dawie Moller and project site manager Leon Steyn were also present during the inspection of the completed railway line sections on Friday.
Moller said the rehabilitated portion of the railway line will last approximately 100 years if properly maintained.